This LexisNexis practice note examines some of the issues most commonly raised in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff comment letters on registration statements filed for initial public offerings (IPOs). It is intended to guide you, as counsel to an IPO company, in assisting your client in efficiently navigating the SEC comment and review process. This piece discusses comments that apply to IPO prospectuses generally, including comments on plain English principles and expert consent requirements, and comments on specific sections of a prospectus, including the risk factors, management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations, and others. It provides excerpts from, and links to, representative SEC comment letters, and offers drafting and other tips to help issuers avoid receiving these types of comments or, failing that, anticipate and respond effectively to the SEC’s concerns.
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